Monday, August 17, 2009

Inspiring and Humbling

I recently returned from the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show. It was refreshing, inspiring, and humbling to have a painting among the chosen. Very few wildlife pieces - you could count them on one hand. The show consisted of 150 paintings, most were still lifes and landscapes.

A wonderful landscape is Calvin Liang’s Gondola, Venice. The subtle lighting and brilliant use of oranges and yellows is unfortunately not apparent in the image on the web.

The still life which caught my eye was Elizabeth Pruitt’s Lilacs and Lace. The soft edges were masterfully handled.

In addition to the show reception, we had seminars throughout the day including an insightful oil painting demonstration by judge, Jeff Watts.

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